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Short Features and Brief Takes Issue 283

by Mike Howell(more info)

listed in product news, originally published in issue 283 - January 2023

Pelvetia – The Perfect Seaweed for Children

by SB Ranger Director Seagreens Trust

Of the many seaweeds abundant around our native shores, none is more suitable for children than Pelvetia canaliculata, known over hundreds of years by various Latin and common names, but Channel Wrack in Britain, and Sauertang in Norway where our Seagreens project began 25 years ago.

For one thing, Pelvetia grows closest to the shoreline and is abundant in the British Isles. It has three times the Omega fatty acids of its closest but deeper water neighbours, in almost ideal ratios. It has up to three times less iodine, which means children can eat more of it, to benefit from its comprehensive micronutrients. Both contribute especially to cognitive development and normal growth in children.

Pelvetia has all the antioxidants, continuous scourge of blood and digestive toxins, all the vitamins including B12 and E with all its isomers (like wheat but gluten free), and still rarer vitamins like H and K. And it's a seafood, but unlike fish and Crustacea it contains all the soluble ocean minerals and trace elements, and no harmful allergens.


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Seagreens® Pelvetia Pieces, carefully selected and prepared, is 100% Pelvetia canaliculata. The small pieces can be included at breakfast in muesli, soaked for 5 minutes and added to vegetables, or infused for an hour again in cold water with grated ginger root and chopped lemons, as a thirst-quenching tonic or tea.

Four years ago I reported in Positive HealthWhy is Seaweed and Salt Better than Salt Alone? – on ground-breaking thyroid/iodine research at the University of Glasgow using Seagreens® Ascophyllum nodosum seaweed. Pelvetia is such a close relative that 150 years ago it was called Ascophyllum canaliculata.

Published in the British Journal of Nutrition in 2014*, the Glasgow research showed bioavailability at 33% of total iodine in the trialed seaweed, in line with earlier studies. Prolonged absorption also produced a more stable supply than potassium iodide, the chemical iodine of conventional choice for population supplementation.

Our European regulatory framework, however, in spite of the millions our governments spend on research, is inexcusably out of step. Allowable daily intakes are still based on total iodine, not uptake. The same framework still labels Pelvetia a 'novel food', because it came to prominence as a dietary superfood over the past 25 years, after the introduction of the EU Novel Food Regulation 258 in 1997. Yet how many millions of children have been born since then, under threat of access to one of today's most nutritious natural whole foods?

* Combet E, et al. Low-level seaweed supplementation improves iodine status in iodine-insufficient women. British Journal of Nutrition, 9:1-9. 2014.

Research paper and our highly antioxidant tonic using this product, available on request.

Further Information

Further information from Seagreens information Service, West Sussex RH17 6DX, UK Tel: 01444 400403;



The International Science Nutrition Society

The International Science Nutrition Society seeks to collaborate with top scientists, medical doctors, researchers, and experts in integrative medicine to share the most up to date studies, concepts and research in the areas of health, wellness, science and nutrition. This unique society will acquire and share knowledge while providing emotional, mental, and spiritual expertise. ISNS is a society of brilliance led by eclectic doctors, healthcare professionals, and research scientists with experience in science, nutrition, nutraceutical, phytotherapy and pharmaceutical backgrounds. Our advisors create a solid infrastructure for improving global health and wellness.


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This society was created on the principle that the science behind nutrition is often demoted to solving problems without solving the root cause of the issue. We are an evidence-based society where science is integrated with nature. The members have access to the latest research publications, abstracts, journals, posters, case studies, and white papers in science and nutrition. ISNS also provides opportunities for research and grants with an extensive library of multidisciplinary resources such as natural ingredients, minerals, vitamins, plants and seeds that are the foundation of a natural and nutrient-rich lifestyle.

ISNS has come together to create a society full of individuals with the same passion- to share the knowledge of science nutrition to the world around them. We are a blend of individuals from different backgrounds all over the world to participate in the research, engage in conversation, and stand as a leader in the health community. The vision is creating a community that comes together to leave behind a clean, happy and healthy word for the future generations while healing the planet one life at a time.

At the core ISNS is an amazing group of doctors. Dr Christina Rahm, a Visionary Alchemist and Founder and Chairman. Dori Naerbo Ph.D. who has an extensive educational and research background, Dr Tina Boziccnik MD, of Integrative Medicine and an award-winning pediatrician and Dr Norbert Ketskes, MD, who is one of the most acknowledged Gastroenterologist in Hungary. Dr Zsuza Csisztu LL.M, is a journalist, tv presenter and sports lawyer. Additionally, Clare G Harvey Ed, is an internationally recognized Harley Street Consultant and Author of Complementary and Integrative medicine.

ISNS is a membership only community, encompassing students, senior academics, physicians, healthcare providers, scientists, and clinical researchers worldwide. There are three levels of membership: basic, associate, and professional, that are open to anyone with an interest in the integrative sciences for humankind and the planet.

Further Information

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Berberine - Extracted from Nature’s Larder for Better Blood Sugar Control

Blood sugar problems are accelerating at a phenomenal rate. According to Diabetes UK there are currently 4.9 million people in the UK with diabetes of which 90% of them are Type 2 diabetics. It is estimated that there are a further 13.6 million people at risk of Type 2 diabetes. That is a huge percentage and it is similar in many other countries in the world.

This is a massive burden on our health systems and sadly a huge rise in human suffering, much of it avoidable. There is considerable proof showing that Type 2 diabetes is avoidable and in fact reversible. It does take discipline which is the drawback for many. However when people consider the potential suffering in terms of cardio vascular problems, dangers of losing limbs and blindness then discipline should be the preferable option.


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It is commonly presented that medication is the only route to treat the problem, yet careful attention to diet and the use of natural botanicals can make a massive difference to the outcome. Nature has wonderfully endowed us with so many natural approaches that can massively help to heal our bodies.  We are commonly programmed to believe that as we age that degenerative diseases is inevitable. However, we do know that quality of life in senior years and the longevity of our lives is largely dependent on the choices we make on a consistent daily basis.

One of the botanical stars of good blood sugar balance is Berberine. Berberine is a bioactive alkaloid compound that is extracted from a number of plants of which the most common is the Berberis shrub. Berberine has a long history of use in Chinese Medicine and Ayurvedic medicine primarily as an anti-microbial agent.

However research has found that Berberine offers huge potential in controlling blood sugar balance.  The independent web site gives a list of relevant research on berberine together with advice as to dosage, possible side effects and other drug interactions. This is a very good resource for both practitioners and consumers. What is particularly interesting is its effectiveness compared to commonly prescribed blood sugar medication.

In summary, Berberine offers considerable benefits to people struggling to control their blood sugar levels. It should be remembered that no one that is taking medication for their blood sugar levels should take Berberine without the advice of their doctor, as it could potentially reduce levels of blood sugar too low.  Berberine is normally available as Berberine HCL and the recommended serving per day is 1,000 to 1,500mg which is typically 2 capsules.

However Berberine HCL should not be regarded as a total solution. Dietary and lifestyle changes should be made to bring the body into optimal balance. In particular a properly optimized body pH level has shown considerable merit for blood sugar control. Reducing processed food intake, sugars, simple carbohydrates and processed vegetable oils is a good starting place in addition to getting the body properly hydrated.

Further Information

This article has been submitted by Roddy MacDonald of Water for Health Ltd



Natural Therapeutics – Passionate about Essential Oils and Essential Oil Training

At Natural Therapeutics, we are passionate about essential oils and essential oil training. We offer a wide range of courses, including a diploma as an Essential Oil Practitioner for people who do not want to train in massage as an aromatherapist does. We have taken the UK core curriculum for aromatherapy and stripped out all of the massage elements, so you do all the rest of the training and will be qualified to blend for clients using all the same products as an aromatherapist would. It includes a separate diploma in anatomy, physiology and pathology and if you already hold a recognised APP diploma, we can exempt you from that part of the course, so you will only need complete the essential oil modules. The course is fully accredited by Complementary Health Professionals, known for high standards who offer membership for practitioners and a discounted insurance scheme.


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Last year we launched our level 5 upgrade course for aromatherapists who wish to deepen their knowledge and gain a higher-level qualification. These are all modular and include modules on advanced chemistry and blending, elderly care, care of chronic conditions, energy work with essential oils, working with fertility, pregnancy, childbirth and children as well as aromatherapy to support mental health conditions. You need to complete each module and then write a 3000-word thesis on a subject of your choice to gain the level 5 diploma. You can start this anytime as you can with all of our courses and work online at your own pace.

We also offer lots of essential oil CPD courses for aromatherapists and essential oil practitioners and although all is done online, you have access to a real live person to ask questions whenever you need to! You can email or video call for support and all of your coursework is marked by a tutor and you get copious amounts of developmental feedback and extra snippets of information. If you do not believe us, check out our Google reviews from past students.

We do also have some in-class courses on essential oil blending as well as neuroskeletal re-alignment therapy and remedial massage and trigger point therapy. These are currently held in Thetford. You may also enjoy our Aromatic Tour at Kew Gardens, which we do every June. It is a wonderful day out exploring the flowering plants that give us our essential oils and share information on the oils, their properties and blending.

If you are new to complementary therapies, we have some cheaper introductory courses online so that you can dip your toe and these include essential oils and herbal medicine.

Further Information

For more details, visit and please do get in touch if you have any questions.



The College of Ayurveda UK: Ayurveda – Ancient and Science-Based System of Medicine

Ayurveda is a science-based healthcare approach that treats illness and promotes wellness by focusing assessment on biochemically-unique aspects of each patient, and then individually tailoring interventions to restore psychological, physiological and structural imbalances. Ayurvedic medicine not only recognizes the uniqueness of the individual but also the oneness of all creation and how this translates into human health on all levels. There has been a worldwide surge of interest in Ayurvedic medicine as people seek health and well-being.

Ayurvedic Medicine, based on the Vedic wisdom expounded by the ancient sages, is the most ancient system of medicine known to mankind It emerged within the Vedic culture that arose on the foothills of Himalayas and along the banks of the great rivers of India.


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The College of Ayurveda and Yoga Therapy is the premier educator for individuals seeking to make a difference in the world through a career restoring the natural balance of body, mind and spirit with the wisdom of Ayurveda. This mission has been the central driving force of the College since its inception. The College of Ayurveda and Yoga Therapy is the only institution in the UK that offers a complete Ayurvedic programme comparable in content to the B. A. M. S. (Bachelor of Ayurveda Medicine & Surgery) degree course taught in India.

The basic principles upon which Ayurvedic medicine/healthcare operates are:

  • Biochemical individuality based on genetic and environmental uniqueness;
  • Dynamic balance of internal and external factors;
  • Web-like interconnections of psycho-physiological processes;
  • Health as a positive vitality – not merely the absence of disease;
  • Promotion of organ reserve through psycho-neuro-immunological processes;
  • Patient-centred rather than disease focused healthcare.

Using these principles, Ayurvedic healthcare practitioners focus on understanding the fundamental physiological processes, the environmental inputs, and the genetic predisposition that influence every person’s experience of health and disease. A person is considered an integral part of the Universe which is governed by natural laws. Ayurveda works primarily on human constitution called Dosha and Prakruti through lifestyle counselling, herbal preparations, nutrition, massage, yoga and Panchakarma all used to bring about balance and harmony in the body.

The College, which promote the values of a tolerant and democratic society and the ideals of scholarship and the benefits of life-long education and training, aims to provide the most up-to-date and comprehensive Ayurvedic medical education. It works to develop and support educational programmes and select a student body of such a size that every student has a quality and relevant educational experience, and provide students with clearly defined academic programmes, competent teaching, a caring and supportive academic structure and an attractive and facilitating environment.

Further Information

If you would like to register your interest for the next intake in 2022/2023 please leave your details at ; we will be in contact as soon as we release the information for the next year. For further information or a prospectus please contact the College of Ayurveda’s Administrator Ione Ashmore at or visit their website at



Zoe Warren: Peachy With Zoe

Peachy With Zoe is a new wellness brand by Zoe Warren, a qualified yoga teacher and a mother of three young girls with a passion for us all to find more joy within our day to day life. Born at the intersection of various wellbeing modalities, this new wellbeing service offers a fresh way to maintain your physical, energetic and mental health in a fun, easy going and mindful way. Peachy With Zoe is committed to helping people reconnect with their bodies and themselves through the five ingredients that can make our lives that little bit peachier; Movement, Music, Nature, Lifestyle and Self-awareness. 


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Peachy with Zoe is a community, a place where people can find movement, such as the Feel Good Friday videos – mini movement videos in collaboration with renowned chef Clodagh Mc Kenna, beautiful playlists, inspiring people and simple actionable ideas on how to best support themselves. The peachy podcasts have so far included conversations with the likes of chef Clodagh McKenna, stylist Ginnie Chadwyck Healey, hormone specialist Dr Many Leonhardt, pilot and motivational speaker Kerry Bennet, Nutritional coach Amber Macintosh and more.

An antidote to the faced paced, high stress world we live in, Peachy with Zoe also offers an affordable monthly subscription services giving the subscriber access to the peachy podcasts, mindfulness practices, breathwork as well as a host of exclusive content . It offers access to over 100 movement videos from 5-75 minutes designed to be followed at home to support even the busiest of lives. It also has access to over 60 hours of Zoe’s beautifully curated playlists. This allows movement and music to support and nourish you whatever your day throws at you.

Peachy with Zoe is designed with every single one of us in mind; it’s inclusive, relaxed, realistic and accessible, it’s there to help us all go through daily life with more ease and joy. With a playful approach focused on unearthing one’s joy, Zoe has been leading movement classes both on and off-line since her first Yoga Teacher Training in 2010. She now leads classes at the newly opened and hugely popular, Retreat at Elcot Park Hotel and previous locations include the Harbour Club and The Power Yoga Company, both in London. Since her initial training she has expanded to include a host of different wellbeing practices to provide an overarching view of everyday health. Zoe did a pregnancy yoga teacher training with Nadia Narain, an anatomy teacher training with Zephyr Wildman, a yoga for back care course, a leadership and embodiment training course with Naomi Absalom, a mindful Para Yoga training with Rod Stryker and many more. Based at Highclere Stud in Hampshire, Zoe has collaborated with the likes of Clodagh McKenna and Cloe Cassandra, proving wellness and mindful movement have a place in every facet of life; from the kitchen, to the wardrobe and everywhere in between. 

Further Information

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The Theory and Practice of Taiji Qigong 3rd Edition

by Chris Jarmey

Published by Lotus Publishing. 2022. Softback. £9.65/ $20.91 ISBN: 1905367325.

A simple yet comprehensive instruction manual for the practice of the 18 Stances of Taiji Qigong


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Taiji Qigong is a gentle, easy to learn system of energy-enhancing exercises that coordinate movement with mindful breathing and inner awareness which, when practiced regularly, will give you more energy, improve health and help prevent illness.

This book is designed to inform all levels and depths of practice. Whether you are completely new to the subject or looking to enrich your current understanding, whether you want to improve your flexibility, cultivate mindfulness or get a better night’s sleep, it contains a treasure trove of information from which to build a practice specific to your own goals.

Part I provides a thorough grounding in the theory and practice of Qi and Qigong. Part II discusses the general principles of Qigong practice, clarifying common questions about how often to practice (15 minutes a day is a good starting point, 30 minutes will provide a marked increase in vitality and serenity), how to achieve an optimum stance and what breathing techniques should be used (natural breathing, abdominal breathing, and reverse abdominal breathing). Part III examines the 18 movements of Taiji Qigong with step-by-step illustrated instructions, detailed information on the benefits of each stance, additional technique tips and insights into how movement flow can be enhanced through the power of the mind.

At the back of the book is a handy reference chart for quick practice reminders.

Practice the full eighteen movements or simply pick and choose the ones you like best!

About the Author

Chris Jarmey blended his love of Eastern methods with Western approaches and qualified as a state registered physiotherapist in 1978, researching and evaluating the healing effects of yoga, shiatsu, and Qigong within NHS hospitals and medical rehabilitation centers. He founded The European Shiatsu School in 1985 and is the author of several best-selling books including The Concise Book of Muscles and The Pocket Atlas of Human Anatomy.

Further Information

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ODYSSEY: My Journey Back Home

Journal and illustrations by Lily Sawtell

Published by Lily Sawtell

What do you do when faced with an unexpected challenge - the diagnosis of breast cancer? My way of coping with this news was to write a journal of my adventure, like Homer, of coming back home. Meeting my own Cyclopes, dealing with the perils of Scylla and Charybdis and those Idiot Winds that can blow you off-course. In an interview with my grandson for a film he was making about ISOLATION, I said that I didn’t want this experience to also become ‘a cancer of the mind‘ full of fear and anger, and that I needed to “Roll with It” like the Oasis song. With music and those words echoing in my being this journal has music and song titles running through it. Along the way I took pictures of the hospital and myself, these images becoming the starting point for the illustrations in my book.

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Statistic-wise, the odds are that we all have a 1 in 2 chance of developing cancer. This my healer told me on my first visit. Many cancer patients come to him, and he was happy to see me as I was at the beginning of my journey and about to start the treatment outlined by the team of NHS doctors at my local hospital. The care and support I received from all at the hospital while still working under the added pressure of Covid restrictions, was amazing. In this country we are all very fortunate to have this provision of free healthcare, with none of the added pressure of how to fund getting well.

Through my brother-in-law and a mutual friend I learnt about Mistletoe Therapy. This is a complementary therapy used alongside standard medical cancer treatments in Germany, Switzerland and The Netherlands. After hearing how it had helped with the side-effects of Chemo and Radio Therapy I decided to investigate for myself and began using Mistletoe before my treatment started. My doctor at St Luke’s Therapy Centre still regularly checks on how I am doing and prescribes my dosage. Throughout most of my 8 sessions of Chemotherapy I never experienced the overwhelming fatigue, loss of energy, depression or anxiety which many people experience. In fact some of the time when people asked how I was feeling, I felt a fraud. Friends and family generously helped me to fund this treatment which I will continue, as the aim is to keep my body’s defences alert to any future invasion of cancer cells.

Further Information

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The Memory Palace of Bones – Exploring Embodiment Through the Skeletal System
by Jeff Rockwell and David Lauterstein

Published by Handspring Publishing imprint of Singing Dragon. 2023. Paperback $40.00    ISBN: 9781913426590

The Memory Palace of Bones is an unprecedented exploration of the anatomy of the bones of the body, and a unique set of reflections on the role each individual bone plays in our lives, looking at both its physical and energetic contributions. The field of mind-body medicine and healthcare is growing, yet there are few “enlightened” anatomy books.


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In The Memory Palace of Bones, the authors offer an inspiring, beautifully written book on this deeper layer of the body-mind. Those who read the book will enjoy a deeper insight into the essence of the core layer of their body and lives. It combines the anatomical expertise of the authors with their appreciation for the beauty of the body and uniquely arises from two lifetimes involving extensive clinical expertise as well as valuing imagination as a source of wisdom and depth. Bones as a wisdom source is a topic that until now has never been systematically covered. It will be read and treasured by practitioners and students of massage therapy, bodywork, movement professionals, Zero Balancers, chiropractors, osteopaths, Rolfers, body-centred psychotherapists, students and teachers of yoga, performing artists and other health professionals as well as by laymen wanting a greater understanding of and connection to their bodies.

Further Information

To be published 21 March 2023. More Info at  David Lauterstein Shop  Available from Singing Dragon.



The Power of Positive Thinking: Interfaith 21st Century Edition

by Norman Vincent Peale with Hasan Abdullah Ismaik  

Published by Waterside Productions. 2022. Paperback. £17.07/ $16.62. ISBN10:‎ 1958848190.

As one of the most profound books ever written, Norman Vincent Peale’s The Power of Positive Thinking put the self-help genre on the map when it was first published in 1952. With practical messages paired with quotes from the Christian Bible, the book has sold over 24 million copies worldwide and has been translated into 42 languages.


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In the newly annotated version, The Power of Positive Thinking: Interfaith 21st Century Edition, humanitarian and entrepreneur Hasan Abdullah Ismaik brings a unique perspective to Peale’s beloved work. By annotating the book with complementary messages from the three Abrahamic religions – Judaism, Christianity, Islam – Ismaik enhances its practicality by revealing the connection between all faiths. This new perspective lends a unifying message of peace and love for humanity in a challenging world. Peale’s original work focuses on offering practical and workable techniques for living a successful life, with a biblical approach. Inspired by the commonalities between the essence of the Christian messages in the book and that of the Jewish and Muslim faiths, Ismaik thoughtfully complements the book’s Christian Bible passages with analogous quotes from the Quran, the Hebrew Bible and the modern Christian New Kings James Version Bible. This interfaith edition aims to broaden the original book’s universal appeal, helping readers navigate through personal challenges while reminding them of the common ground shared between beliefs.

In the context of current world challenges, finding common ground is essential for peace in the world. The Power of Positive Thinking: Interfaith 21st Century Edition is a timely contribution for today’s world, bridging the divide between differing political and religious beliefs. Ismaik’s re-envisioning of Peale’s classic work keeps intact its powerful messages while demonstrating the impact that positive thinking can have on seekers of any faith.

On his purpose for annotating The Power of Positive Thinking, Ismaik states, “This book is an open invitation to the followers of the three religions of our master Abraham to renew our understanding of life; find purpose in our presence in it; renounce, forgive, and forget its bitter grudges and deep divisions; and look to the future with confidence and reassurance. The unity of their teachings is stronger than the disunity that separates us.”

About Hasan Abdullah Ismaik

Hasan Abdullah Ismaik is an Arab entrepreneur, writer, and thinker dedicated to spreading philosophical culture and developing Arab rational discourse. A Jordanian of Palestinian heritage who resides in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Ismaik chairs the investment firms Marya Group and First Capital Group Holding. His humanitarian interests include promoting harmony between the East and West; supporting religious discourse and tolerance; elevating the understanding of Islamic philosophy and heritage; working for international cooperation, conflict resolution and stability in the Middle East; and, especially, fostering the social and economic welfare of the young. In doing so, Ismaik seeks to achieve a spiritual rapprochement that strengthens the bonds of love and understanding between believers in the East and West.

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University of Sunderland: Meet the Next Generation of Midwives

Responding to a national shortage of full-time midwives in the NHS, the University of Sunderland launched its BSc (Hons) Midwifery Practice three-year undergraduate degree, which further enhances the range of healthcare programmes now provided on campus, from medicine, healthcare sciences, paramedic practice and nursing to physiotherapy and occupational therapy.




At the heart of the multi-million-pound Midwifery Suite, the programme has been designed to address challenges specifically around perinatal mental health.  Perinatal mental illness is a major public health issue that can have a devastating impact on women and their families, resulting in conditions such as depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder. But with increasing knowledge of mental health and emotional wellbeing in relation to pregnancy, birth and the postnatal period, the programme recognizes that this is of growing importance to maternity care and the emotional and social wellbeing in babies and toddlers.

Linda McNamee says:

“The programme is off to an excellent start with a very enthusiastic group of students. Already they have started to learn the essential knowledge and skills that will prepare them for their first clinical placements. ..

She added: “Our programme focuses not only on the physical health of the mother and new-born but also the mental health of the mother before, during and after birth. It will provide a unique opportunity for students to understand the challenges faced by midwives regarding mental health, therefore building a greater understanding and ability to support women, newborns and their families as part of the future workforce.” 

One of the first to join the program, former procurement specialist Claire Harrison, was inspired to become a midwife thanks to the care she received when she was pregnant with her daughters. She said:

“I think pregnancy and birth are one of the most life-changing experiences that a person can go through. It can either be a good experience, or not so good, that can impact on women and families for the rest of their lives. As a midwife, if we can help identify any signs that a mum may need additional support with her mental health through her pregnancy and beyond, then we will be able to set them on the right path, making sure they’re looked after and not struggling.”

The Midwifery Suite has been designed as part of a wide-ranging external consultation with regional NHS Trusts, maternity services and the Patient, Carer and Public Involvement (PCPI) programme (a group of services users and carers). Located in Helen McArdle Nursing and Care Research Institute, the Midwifery Suite has been established with the help of £1.8m in funding from Health Education England, the Catherine Cookson Charitable Trust and NHS Sunderland Clinical Commissioning Group. Featuring the latest equipment in maternity care, which will take students from ante-natal care and childbirth, through to post-natal support, the Midwifery Suite reflects how mothers are choosing their care.

Further Information

Please contact Helen Franks Tel: 07786807586;  University of Sunderland BSc Midwifery Practice.



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  • Brief Takes Issue 283


    Better Light a Candle – Poems by David Lorimer

    Better Light a Candle in aid of the Cross Border House, Poland – is a distillation of David Lorimer’s life experience, a poetic reflection on life’s polarities, on light and darkness, hope and despair, love and fear, healing and wounding, gain and loss, spring and autumn, unfolding and refolding, opening and closing, birth, death and rebirth, remembering and forgetting, fire and water, time and the timeless, breathing in and breathing out, the flow, the rhythm and the cycles of life. The poems hold out possibilities for awakening and transformation without underestimating the gravity of our collective challenges while affirming the ultimate spiritual power of Love, Wisdom and Truth in our perennial quest for authenticity, freedom, peace, community and fulfilment.


    Further Information:  Scheduled Zoom meeting Online Launch 5 pm GMT Wed 21 Dec.   Meeting ID: 827 9343 4249;  Passcode: 879562.


    Heal The Healer Retreat

    Join us January 6-8, 2023 at the scenic Rancho Bernardo Inn for a sanctuary of healing, learning and skill-building on meditative and embodied practices for greater clarity and joy as healers. This workshop is designed to be a sanctuary and learning opportunity for anyone who has been providing care during the COVID pandemic. We will review research and explore the impact of COVID-19 on ourselves as healers, learn self-care practices to build resilience to nurture the healer within, and participate in a cacao ceremony and/or experience low-dose Ketamine administered within a physician-supervised setting. 


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    Penny Brohn UK Helping People Facing Cancer

    Recently, Jenny met with Janey, the Wellbeing Lead at Penny Brohn UK, to tell more about the impact cancer on her mental health and how Penny Brohn UK helped in her recovery. Watch this short video. In 2021, Jenny was diagnosed with bowel cancer and a few months later with thyroid cancer. Rose was diagnosed with stage 4 bowel cancer in April 2021, a few weeks after her 40th birthday. Thanks to your generosity, Jenny and Rose were able to receive the support that they needed.  With your help, so many more people could have Penny Brohn UK by their side.  Please consider making a donation to Penny Brohn UK today.


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    No Hands Massage Dynamics of Depth

    No Hands Massage have needed to reschedule their Dynamics Of Depth course now happening on January 25th 2023 at the reduced cost of £79 instead of £129.


    Further Information: For more info and booking click here contact on Tel: 01524 415345;    To Book Next Course in January


    Human Givens College

    The previously scheduled date of 27 February for Developing Self-Compassion has been brought forward to Thursday 2nd February via Zoom. Self-compassion can be a key component of successful recovery, but many people struggle with it. Research shows that being compassionate to ourselves has other benefits too – it creates more resilience against stress, greater ability to focus, increases happiness and optimism, improves relationships and more...

    Further Information: Tel: 01323 811690; info@humangivens.comFurther Information and  To Book  


    Cytoplan Support Clients' Gut Health to Boost Brain Health

    Cytoplan has launched as new probiotic for women to help support the gut, vaginal and urinary microbiome. Women’s Biotic is a high-quality probiotic from food-based supplement brand Cytoplan, which has been specially formulated to provide specific support for women’s health. This multi-strain targeted formula is ideal for women of all ages and contains nine strains of live probiotic bacteria, including the highly researched strain Lactobacillus helveticus, which has research attesting to its efficacy in female health issues. Each capsule will provide a culture of 3.5 billion live bacteria. 


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    School of Bodywork Women’s Health Course

    Empower yourself and empower your clients with this informative 4-day workshop 20th-23rd February at Exeter Community Centre. Women's Health Scar Tissue Relief Workshop: 20th - 23rd February 2023. Outstanding results can be achieved with these gentle, pain free, fascial techniques. These subtle, powerful fascial techniques free up adhesions, improve function and reduce pain in those suffering with a range of pathologies including; bladder discomfort, urgency and prolapse, uterine issues, C-section scar, scarring and trauma from smear test, keyhole surgery scars, and many others.


    Further Information:  Contact on Tel: 07711 656011;   Women's Health Scar Tissue Relief Workshop:   Course Calendar


    Issviva New Menopause Supplements

    Issviva –  online platform and community for peri and menopausal women, has developed a range of new supplements, specifically designed to alleviate menopausal symptoms like low mood and tiredness. Issviva’s Mood and Energy contain Vitamins C, B1, B6 B12 and biotin contribute to normal energy-yielding metabolism and to the reduction of tiredness and fatigue – helping toboost mind and body. Issviva’s ZZZZs  contains ashwagandha, chamomile and vitamin B6.


    Further Information: Please contact Issviva on Tel: 07400 849988;   Issviva


    Robert Holden PhD – Everyday Miracles 2023

    Everyday MIRACLES 2023 – Living Your Purpose! This is an online membership community dedicated to the study and practice of A Course in Miracles with Robert & Hollie Holden. A Course in Miracles  has inspired a generation of thought leaders and spiritual teachers like Eckhart Tolle, Oprah Winfrey, Louise Hay, Marianne Williamson, Wayne Dyer and many others. This much-loved book is hailed as a modern spiritual classic that offers timeless wisdom and inspiration for the world today. Get your early bird discount! Enrolment for Everyday Miracles 2023 is now open.


    Further Information:  please contact Dr Robert Holden  More Information and to Register  Visit My Store


    Marvellous May Event 2023

    Evolution, Kingdoms & Tables. Come and join us at the School of Homeopathy for a weekend of inspirational homeopathy with: Annette Sneevliet (in person) & Divya Chhabra (via zoom). 13th - 14th May 2023: £180.00


    Further Information: Contact Tel:  01453 765 956;  Online Booking


    UDA – Longevity Coffee that Slows Ageing

    Backed and formulated by Oxford and Harvard biologists, uda is the first longevity-focused consumer brand clinically proven to extend our lifespans in the form of a coffee sachet. Each coffee sachet contains seven key ingredients that are proven to aid anti-ageing by promoting stem cell regeneration: Ashwagandha, Quercetin, Alpha-ketoglutarate, L-theanine, Curcumin, NMN [nicotinamide mononucleotide] and Vitamin D.


    Further Information: For more information and to purchase please visit


    Moonbird  –  Handheld Device Guides you through Breathing Exercises

    Slow breathing is the easiest way to release stress. Moonbird – a handheld device – makes it effortless and fun to do breathing exercises. It actually breathes for you, expanding and contracting rhythmically to help you (and your nervous system) fall into synch with it. Simply hold the device in your hand and match your breathing with the pace of the device. Optionally use the app to track heart rate, heart rate variability, and heart coherence (the extent to which heart and lungs work in harmony) and see how these health measures improve over time.


    Further Information: More details and/or to try for free for three months please visit


    Amchara Health

    Mental health problems are becoming increasingly common. Adopting a number of healthy nutrition and lifestyle techniques can boost your happiness levels, helping you on the path to becoming healthier in all aspects of your wellbeing. 6 Natural Ways To Boost Your Mental Health – The power of detoxing, plus some healthy nutrition and lifestyle techniques for your mental health; 9 Common Fasting Myths And The Truth – Despite the plethora of information available, fasting is often misunderstood and it seems there are several common ‘myths’ surrounding fasting; Join Us This Winter At Amchara Somerset! – As we move through the colder months, now is the perfect time to relax, reboot and recharge ahead of the busy festive season. Join us in the tranquil English countryside for a rejuvenating health retreat.


    Further Information:  01823 213111;  Shop Cleanses


    Pause & Breathe Spring Retreat

    Join us from Monday 27th March – Saturday 1st April for a Spring Retreat on the beautiful Isle of Mull. Susie from Pause & Breathe CIC has partnered with Lindsey from Yoga-Nu-U for this with yoga, mindfulness, deep relaxation and much more. Themed around Spring – this includes new beginnings and transformations – an opening, a welcoming, and a blossoming. There will be a variety of mindfulness and yoga practices. Every day will be different, but all will contain at least two practice sessions. There will also be free time to explore the island. We have two days on Iona planned, using the new community hall for practice sessions, as well as time to explore.


    Further Information and to Book: Please visit Pause & Breathe


    Pro Plus® to Revamp Your Morning Routine

    Starting off on the right foot can impact how the rest of your day pans out. Implementing a few simple habits into your morning could be the shake-up you need to get your energy back. 10 quick tips to level up your morning routine: 1. Stick to the same sleeping schedule; 2. Use an old-fashioned alarm clock; 3. Make your bed; 4. Rehydrate; 5. A moment of mindfulness; 6. Get outside in the morning; 7. Move!; 8. Have a healthy, balanced breakfast; 9. Caffeinate strategically; 10, Brave the cold.  There are many moments when we need to be at the top of our game. Pro Plus® Caffeine contains 50mg caffeine per tablet, a stimulant that can help to reduce tiredness and fatigue and maintain mental alertness, helping you feel more awake.


    Further Information: Pro Plus tablets are available to purchase online at or Amazon and supermarkets and pharmacies nationwide.


    Pukka Herbs Launch Organic Elderberry Syrup Blend

    Pukka Herbs are delighted to announce the launch of Pukka Herbs NEW organic elderberry syrup blend. A bespoke herbal blend made with elderberries, ginger, thyme and honey to support winter wellbeing and tackle the uncomfortable symptoms associated with colds, sore throats and coughs. Winter wellness ingredients include: Elderberries; Thyme, Ginger, Aniseed, Black Pepper & Liquorice and Honey. Clinical Indications: To support general immunity; Seasonal coughs and colds; Dry and productive coughs, excess mucus and catarrh;

    Sore throats and viruses; Short and long term in acute and chronic conditions.


    Further Information: Available from  Amazon and independent health food stores.


    Why Buddha Never Had Alzheimer's

    In Dr Shuvendu Sen’s Nautilus Award-winning book, Why Buddha Never Had Alzheimer's: A Holistic Treatment Approach through Meditation, Yoga, and the Arts, he outlines a drug-free ‘prescription’ that has shown promising results. Dr Sen discusses the challenges of diagnosing Alzheimer’s, the shortcomings of pharmaceutical treatments, and shares fascinating scientific discoveries into meditation’s power to rewire brain circuits and protect the areas of the mind most impacted by chronic stress — a “point of entry” for major health conditions like heart attacks, strokes, cancer, and cognitive diseases like Alzheimer’s and dementia.


    Further Information: Visit Shuvendu Sen


    Good Flour – New Superfood, Now in Sprouts

    Chef Jen Peters, who has Celiac disease, launched The Good Flour Co. so that people everywhere with Celiac disease or gluten sensitivities can enjoy the foods they love. The Good Flour Co.’s products make it possible for those with gluten intolerance to safely indulge in delicious homemade bread, pasta and pancakes; battered chicken, fish and tempura; and even vanilla bean cake. In 2021, the husband [Chef Hamid Salimian] and wife duo teamed up with Matthew Clayton and rebranded the company as The Good Flour Co. Today, their products are used in more than 70 restaurants nationwide and are available for retail purchase online. The Good Flour Co.’s gluten-free products are also GMO-free, allergen free and contain ingredients with the highest nutritional content available.


    Further Information; please visit


    Natural Grocers – Nutritional Education

    Natural Grocers is a family-operated natural and organic grocery chain however behind each store (at our home office in Colorado) there is an entire Nutritional Education Department! This is a dedicated team of nutrition and health experts that crafts all our recipes and our health-supportive content (backed by science!). This education is passed down to our Nutritional Health Coaches at each store, so they can spread the love with our customers and communities. They also promote it on our website, social media channels, and include it in their monthly printed good4u Health Hotline (available in stores).


    Further Information: Please contact Natural Grocers on Tel: +1 303-986-4600 x80817;


    Sue Ricks Newsletter

    I'm so grateful to the life tricks I do daily to stay okay, and these have been especially put to the test recently. I'm so glad I put together the course of daily ideas (click here) to put into practice of focus on to make the best of life. How often do we see others around us (or notice in ourselves) struggling. Wouldn't it be great to have a different life nudge to follow each day. These are the things I do to help me to lift myself up or stay upbeat. 


    Further Information: Book your 1 to 1   Subscribe to Sue Ricks Academy  Book Live Discussion


    LYT UV-C Bottle Cap

    The Zerowater LYT Cap is no ordinary bottle lid. It has a powerful ultraviolet light that is built right into the cap, it uses UV-C rays to kill 99.9% of bacteria, viruses, and pathogens in the water. These UV-C rays are on the same wavelength as the UV used to sanitise operating theatres and water treatment plants. These UV-C rays destroy various micro-organisms in your drinking water. So strong they are third-party tested to kill 99.9% of e-coli.


    Further Information: The LYT UV-C Cap £29.99 from; The LYT 500ml Bottle & Cap £49.99 from


    Beat Depression by David M Hinds

    In David M Hinds’ second self-help manual Beat Depression republished on 12th September for Autumn 2022, the author shares his personal experience of depression and explains how – by  using the stress management techniques he employed as an award-winning stress management consultant – he was able to move from hopelessness following two crippling strokes to relief and happiness.


    Further Information: Available from David M Hinds  and


    Tea Top for Heart Health

    Recent published research studies, analysed by the Tea Advisory Panel confirm that the rich polyphenol content of tea really does a lot of good for your heart. With its rich flavonoid content which explains the impressive clinical effects on blood pressure, endothelial function, inflammation and lowering oxidative stress – tea should be part of every heart healthy diet. Research recently published in Advances in Nutrition, recommends that 400 to 600 milligrams daily of flavan-3-ols, found in tea, may reduce risk associated with cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Flavan-3-ols are a sub-group of flavonoids, healthy plant compounds found in many foods and drinks, such as tea, apples, and berries. While many foods contain flavan-3-ols, the authors state that tea accounts for 35%-94% of dietary flavan-3-ols in the United States.


    Further Information:


    CBD for Stress and Anxiety

    Anxiety symptoms are at the core of other forms of anxiety conditions such as panic disorder, social anxiety, phobias, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Pharmacist Sultan Dajani from Dragonfly CBD  notes: “In addition to the symptoms of anxiety noted above, they can also start to manifest themselves from a physical perspective such as suffering aches and pains, headaches, exhaustion, muscle tension, racing heart, high blood pressure and stomach upset.”  Reviews of scientific research, from both human studies and pre-clinical models, have reported that taking CBD like Dragonfly CBD may help to: Reduce anxiety and stress, even after clinical conditions which promote feelings of fear or anxiety, Fight feelings of depression and disordered mood, while having an overall risk-benefit profile.


    Further Information: For further research and to purchase please visit


    Velour Plant Fibre Lashes

    “Even after switching all of our packaging to 100% recyclable materials, we knew this was just the beginning of how Velour is helping shape the future of sustainability in beauty” says Mabel Lee, Founder & CEO of Velour Beauty. Make planet-conscious beauty choices with the Plant Fibre Collection, available on Sephora and Look Fantastic in 3 styles: Second Nature – Natural volume, criss-cross lashes; A New Leaf – Whispy, full volume lashes; Cloud Nine – Ultra-whispie flared lashes.


    Further Information: Please visit Sephora Vegan Lashes   


    Cogni Active

    Cogni Active features clinically researched Cognizin® citicoline with a blend of supportive vitamins, zinc, lutein, and zeaxanthin.  Zinc supports normal cognitive function, Vitamin B6 contributes to normal psychological function, Folate, vitamin B6 and B12 contribute to reduction of tiredness and fatigue, Polyphenols are active chemical compounds found in plant-based foods such as fruit, vegetables, or tea that provide health benefits.


    Further Information: please visit


    Why Sports Improving Health and Increasing Activity Conference

    Join us for the 2023 Improving Health and Increasing Activity Conference. Be part of the conference that accelerates change across our towns and communities. Debate, share, learn, network and develop lasting business relationships with leading thinkers, proactive organisations and strategic partners. The Royal Society of Medicine, London 1st June 2023.


    Further Information:  Book Your Place


    BeeVital Launch Standardised Propolis

    A big challenge facing consumers when shopping for propolis supplements is a lack of standardization. With our Guaranteed Flavonoid Level (GFL) standard, BeeVital aims to solve this problem. Flavonoids are the key component of propolis, which are naturally occurring chemicals supporting the tree’s health. Bees use these resins to produce propolis, which in turn contains high concentrations of flavonoids. Flavonoids, along with other compounds called phenols, are what make propolis a powerful natural medicine. Propolis helps with various health issues, including: Respiratory tract health, Healing of minor wounds. Soothing sore throats, Boosting the body’s immune system, Supporting the body’s ability to fight disease, infection & inflammation.


    Further Information: to purchase GFL Propolis Capsules please visit


    Roadmap Toward Trauma Recovery

    In her new book Coming Back to Life: A Roadmap to Healing from Pain to Create the Life You Want, Rebeccah Silence helps readers connect to their own inner healers, reinvent themselves and find freedom. Silence understands the struggles of emotional pain well. A survivor of cancer while pregnant, childhood sexual abuse and domestic abuse, she has known enormous suffering, but she learned to defeat her emotional pain to live free and happy. She provides tools, strategies and support that will allow readers to get to the root of their pain patterns while also receiving hope, encouragement and access to the light at the end of the dark tunnel they may find themselves in.


    Further Information: Available from  and

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